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Retailers' Dirty Little Pricing Secret

shopping bags It really should come as no surprise that many retailers artificially raise the regular price of goods to make deep discounts from those prices look much more tempting. The Wall Street Journal examines this practice, and says it found evidence that Black Friday discounts are not all they seem.

Trouble in Toyland

toys When shopping for toys this year, you better be careful to avoid ones that are potentially dangerous. Here is W.A.T.C.H.'s annual list of the worst toys. [pdf] And USPIRG has released their annual report, Trouble in Toyland, and points out continuing hazards for children such as lead in toys, those that pose choking hazards, and more.

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8 Tax Breaks that Expire on December 31

money You better watch out. Uncle Sam is playing the grinch this year and is eliminating or reducing some tax breaks that previously could save you money.


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Mouse Print* -- Sprint Student Free (?) for All

mouse print Best Buy is offering students what seems like a too good to be true offer: a free year of Sprint cell service including calls, texts, and data. Is it a good deal? The answer is in the fine print. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Entertainment Coupon Books - $20 + Free Shipping

This is the lowest price of the year ($20) for the new 2014 Entertainment coupon books, [$15 for each additional book] with hundreds of buy one, get one free meals, travel, rental car, attraction, and shopping discounts, etc. Books are regionalized for major metropolitan areas. A great holiday gift for the bargain hunter! Shipping is free and books will arrive in time for Christmas if you order now. Sale ends Dec. 4 at 9am EST unless extended. ++

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Print this coupon from Staples, and get 20% off your UPS shipping order through December 7. (You can bring packages into Staples to ship via UPS.) They tend to be higher than FEDEX ground, so the savings amounts to more like 10%.

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10 Most Reliable Cars Under $25,000

Consumer Reports hand-picked the 10 cars that perform well in road and safety tests, have been relatively problem-free as reported by readers, and which won't break the bank.


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